WhatsApp would No More Be Functional on Some Blackberry Phones

WhatsApp just announced it will stop supporting Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, or Windows Phone 8.0 and older effective January 1, 2018.

The messaging service, which has over 1.2 billion users across the world, will no longer offer upgrades for smartphones running BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 operating systems, or for Windows Phone devices running version 8.0 and earlier.

Note: Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.

Last year, the company axed support for a host of other mobile systems, such as Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6. WhatsApp recently rolled out several new features, like delete messages, picture-in-picture feature, etc. for both platforms.

"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp", the blog post added. Then be prepared to switch to Android or iOS in 2018.

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Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device.

The Menlo-Park based developers of the popular platform have said that they will not continue to work on these operating systems. Yes, believe it or not but Nokia used to make feature phones with WhatsApp support once upon a time.

'However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email'.

Windows 8.1 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile will continue to be supported for the time being, but considering Microsoft looks to have abandoned its mobile OS platform, it's probably only a matter of time before WhatsApp disappears from here too. However surprising it may seem, there are still many Windows Phone handsets out there alive and breathing fine whose users will be unable to communicate with their friends and family.

  • Regina Walsh